Lab Safety Quiz: Questions And Answers!

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    If a fire erupts, immediately:

    • A.

      Notify Ms. K

    • B.

      Run for the fire extinguisher.

    • C.

      throw water on the fire.

    • D.

      Open the windows.

    Correct Answer
    A. Notify Ms. K
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to notify Ms. K. This is the most appropriate action to take in case of a fire. Ms. K is likely a designated authority figure who can initiate the necessary emergency procedures and ensure the safety of everyone present. Running for the fire extinguisher or throwing water on the fire may not be the best course of action as it can be dangerous and ineffective, depending on the type and size of the fire. Opening the windows may help with ventilation but should not be the immediate priority compared to notifying someone in authority.

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  • 2. 

    Approved eye protection devices (such as goggles) are worn in the laboratory.

    • A.

      To avoid eye strain

    • B.

      To improve your vision

    • C.

      Only if you do not have corrective glasses.

    • D.

      Any time chemicals, heat, or glassware are used.

    Correct Answer
    D. Any time chemicals, heat, or glassware are used.
    Explanation
    Approved eye protection devices, such as goggles, are worn in the laboratory to ensure the safety of the eyes. These devices are necessary to protect the eyes from potential hazards such as chemicals, heat, or glassware. Wearing eye protection is important whenever there is a risk of these hazards, regardless of whether the person already wears corrective glasses or not. It is a precautionary measure to prevent any potential injuries or damage to the eyes in a laboratory setting.

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  • 3. 

    If you do not understand a direction or part of a laboratory procedure, you should:

    • A.

      Figure it out as you do the lab

    • B.

      Try several methods until something works

    • C.

      Ask Ms. K before proceeding

    • D.

      Skip it and go on to the next part

    Correct Answer
    C. Ask Ms. K before proceeding
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to ask Ms. K before proceeding. This is because if you do not understand a direction or part of a laboratory procedure, it is important to seek clarification from the teacher or instructor before continuing. This ensures that you have a clear understanding of what needs to be done and reduces the risk of making mistakes or accidents during the lab.

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  • 4. 

    After completing an experiment, all chemical wastes should be:

    • A.

      Left at your lab station for the next class

    • B.

      Disposed of according to your Ms. K's directions

    • C.

      Dumped in the sink

    • D.

      Taken home

    Correct Answer
    B. Disposed of according to your Ms. K's directions
    Explanation
    Chemical wastes should be disposed of according to the teacher's (Ms. K's) directions because they have the knowledge and expertise to ensure proper and safe disposal. Leaving the wastes at the lab station for the next class could pose a risk to others, as they may not be aware of how to handle the chemicals. Dumping the wastes in the sink is also not appropriate, as it can lead to environmental contamination. Taking the wastes home is not recommended, as it may not be safe or legal to dispose of them in regular household waste.

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  • 5. 

    You have been injured in the laboratory, First, you should:

    • A.

      Visit the school nurse after class

    • B.

      See a doctor after school

    • C.

      Tell the Ms. K ASAP

    • D.

      Apply first aid yourself

    Correct Answer
    C. Tell the Ms. K ASAP
    Explanation
    In case of an injury in the laboratory, it is important to inform the person in charge, which in this case is Ms. K, as soon as possible. She needs to be aware of the situation and can provide guidance on the appropriate course of action. This could include seeking medical attention, applying first aid, or any other necessary steps to ensure proper care and safety. Visiting the school nurse or seeing a doctor may be necessary, but informing Ms. K should be the initial step to ensure timely and appropriate assistance.

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  • 6. 

    Long hair in the laboratory must be:

    • A.

      Cut short

    • B.

      Held away from the experiment with one hand

    • C.

      Always neatly groomed

    • D.

      Tied back or kept back entirely out of the way with a hair band

    Correct Answer
    D. Tied back or kept back entirely out of the way with a hair band
    Explanation
    Long hair in the laboratory must be tied back or kept back entirely out of the way with a hair band to ensure safety and prevent any contamination or accidents. This is because loose hair can easily come into contact with chemicals, equipment, or open flames, posing a risk of fire, chemical spills, or contamination of experiments. Tying back or keeping the hair out of the way with a hair band helps maintain a clean and safe working environment.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following should NOT be worn during a laboratory activity?

    • A.

      Loose clothing

    • B.

      Dangling jewelry

    • C.

      Sandals

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    During a laboratory activity, it is important to prioritize safety. Loose clothing can easily catch fire or get entangled in equipment, posing a risk. Dangling jewelry can also get caught in machinery or chemicals, causing injuries. Sandals do not provide adequate protection for the feet, leaving them vulnerable to spills, falls, or chemical splashes. Therefore, all of the above options should not be worn during a laboratory activity to minimize the chances of accidents or injuries.

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  • 8. 

    Horseplay, practical jokes, or pranks in the classroom are:

    • A.

      Always against the rules

    • B.

      Okay

    • C.

      Dangerous

    • D.

      Okay if you are working alone.

    Correct Answer
    A. Always against the rules
    Explanation
    Horseplay, practical jokes, or pranks in the classroom are always against the rules because they can disrupt the learning environment, create a safety hazard, and cause harm or discomfort to others. These activities can be distracting and prevent students from focusing on their studies. Additionally, they can lead to accidents or injuries, especially if they involve physical contact or objects that could cause harm. Therefore, it is important to discourage and prohibit such behavior in order to maintain a safe and productive classroom environment.

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  • 9. 

    When handling animals, students should:

    • A.

      Open cages only with permission

    • B.

      Not tease or handle animals roughly

    • C.

      Report bites or scratches to the teacher immediately

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    When handling animals, students should follow all of the mentioned guidelines. Opening cages only with permission ensures that the students do not disturb or harm the animals unintentionally. Not teasing or handling animals roughly promotes their well-being and prevents any unnecessary stress or harm. Reporting bites or scratches to the teacher immediately is important for the safety and health of both the student and the animal. Therefore, all of the mentioned actions should be followed by students when handling animals.

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  • 10. 

    If a piece of equipment is not working properly, stop, turn it off, and tell:

    • A.

      The principal

    • B.

      Your lab partner

    • C.

      Your best friend in the class

    • D.

      Ms. Kilgore

    Correct Answer
    D. Ms. Kilgore
    Explanation
    Ms. Kilgore should be informed if a piece of equipment is not working properly because she is likely the teacher or instructor in charge of the class. It is important to notify the person in authority so that they can take appropriate action, such as getting the equipment repaired or replaced. The principal may also need to be informed, but it is more immediate to inform the teacher directly. Lab partners and friends may not have the authority or knowledge to address the issue effectively.

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  • 11. 

    When you finish working with chemicals, biological specimens, and other lab substances, always:

    • A.

      Treat your hands with skin lotion

    • B.

      Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water

    • C.

      Wipe your hands on a towel

    • D.

      Wipe your hands on your clothes

    Correct Answer
    B. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. This is important because it helps to remove any chemicals or biological substances that may be on your hands, reducing the risk of contamination or exposure. Using skin lotion, wiping your hands on a towel, or wiping them on your clothes may not effectively remove these substances and can potentially spread them to other surfaces.

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  • 12. 

    The following activity is permitted in the laboratory:

    • A.

      Chewing gum

    • B.

      Eating

    • C.

      Drinking

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. None of the above
    Explanation
    None of the activities mentioned (chewing gum, eating, drinking) are permitted in the laboratory. This is because these activities can introduce contaminants or hazards into the lab environment, compromising the safety and integrity of experiments and equipment. In a laboratory setting, it is important to maintain a clean and controlled environment to ensure accurate and reliable results.

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  • 13. 

    When using a razor blade or scalpel, always cut material.

    • A.

      Away from you

    • B.

      Toward you

    • C.

      In your hand

    • D.

      Perpendicular

    Correct Answer
    A. Away from you
    Explanation
    When using a razor blade or scalpel, it is important to cut material away from you to ensure safety. Cutting towards yourself increases the risk of accidental injury as the blade can easily slip and cause harm. By cutting away from you, you have better control over the direction and force of the cut, reducing the likelihood of accidents. Therefore, it is essential to always cut material in a direction that is away from your body.

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  • 14. 

    Before you leave the science room, you should:

    • A.

      Clean your work area and equipment

    • B.

      Return all equipment to the proper area

    • C.

      Wash your hands with soap and water

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "all of the above" because before leaving the science room, it is important to clean your work area and equipment to maintain cleanliness and organization. Additionally, returning all equipment to the proper area ensures that it is readily available for the next person to use. Finally, washing your hands with soap and water helps to prevent the spread of any potentially harmful substances or bacteria that may have been encountered during the experiment. Therefore, all of these actions are necessary before leaving the science room.

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  • 15. 

    All chemicals in the lab (including foodstuffs and store-bought chemicals) should be treated as if they could be hazardous.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    All chemicals in the lab should be treated as if they could be hazardous because it is important to prioritize safety precautions. Even if a chemical is labeled as safe or non-hazardous, it is still possible for accidents or unforeseen reactions to occur. Treating all chemicals as potentially hazardous ensures that proper safety measures are taken, such as wearing protective equipment, handling them with care, and following proper storage and disposal procedures. This approach helps to minimize the risk of accidents, injuries, or exposure to harmful substances.

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  • 16. 

    Work areas should be kept clean and tidy.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Keeping work areas clean and tidy is important for several reasons. Firstly, a clean and tidy work area promotes productivity and efficiency as it allows for easy access to tools, equipment, and materials. It also reduces the risk of accidents and injuries by eliminating hazards such as clutter or spills. Additionally, a clean work area creates a positive and professional image, both for the individual and the organization as a whole. It reflects a sense of organization, discipline, and attention to detail. Overall, maintaining a clean and tidy work area is essential for a safe, efficient, and professional working environment.

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  • 17. 

    ​Laboratory work may be started immediately upon entering the laboratory even if the teacher is not yet present.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Laboratory work should not be started immediately upon entering the laboratory if the teacher is not yet present. It is important to wait for the teacher to arrive before beginning any experiments or activities in order to ensure proper supervision and guidance. This is necessary to maintain safety protocols and prevent any accidents or mishaps.

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  • 18. 

    Never remove chemicals, specimens, or other equipment from the laboratory.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Removing chemicals, specimens, or other equipment from the laboratory can pose serious safety risks. Chemicals may be hazardous and could cause harm if mishandled outside of the controlled laboratory environment. Specimens may be delicate or require specific storage conditions, and removing them from the laboratory could compromise their integrity. Equipment is designed for use within the laboratory and may not function properly or safely outside of that setting. Therefore, it is important to never remove these items from the laboratory to ensure the safety of individuals and the integrity of the materials.

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  • 19. 

    Always carry a microscope using both hands.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Carrying a microscope using both hands is the correct way to handle it because microscopes are delicate and expensive instruments that require proper care. By using both hands, one can ensure a secure grip and minimize the risk of dropping or damaging the microscope. This practice also helps in maintaining the stability of the microscope while moving it from one place to another, preventing any potential accidents or mishaps. Therefore, it is important to always carry a microscope using both hands.

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  • 20. 

    Read all procedures thoroughly before performing a laboratory investigation.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that it is important to read all procedures thoroughly before conducting a laboratory investigation. This is because understanding the procedures beforehand helps ensure that the investigation is carried out accurately and safely. By reading the procedures, one can familiarize themselves with the steps involved, any potential hazards or precautions, and the expected outcomes. This knowledge allows the researcher to plan and execute the investigation effectively, reducing the chances of errors or accidents. Therefore, the answer "True" is correct.

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  • 21. 

    All unauthorized experiments are prohibited.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement clearly states that all unauthorized experiments are prohibited. This means that any experiments conducted without proper authorization are not allowed. Therefore, the correct answer is True, indicating that unauthorized experiments are indeed prohibited.

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  • 22. 

    You are allowed to enter the chemical preparation/storage area any time you need to get an item.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement contradicts the standard safety protocols for chemical preparation/storage areas. Access to these areas is typically restricted and requires proper authorization and training due to the potential hazards involved. Allowing anyone to enter the area at any time without any restrictions would pose significant risks to the individual's safety and the integrity of the stored chemicals. Therefore, the correct answer is false.

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  • 23. 

    It is okay to pick up broken glass with your bare hands as long as the glass is placed in the trash can.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Picking up broken glass with bare hands is not safe, even if it is placed in a trash can. Broken glass can cause cuts and injuries, and there is a risk of getting small glass pieces lodged in the skin. It is always advisable to use gloves or some form of protection while handling broken glass to avoid any potential harm.

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  • 24. 

    Do not leave a lit burner unattended.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Leaving a lit burner unattended can be dangerous as it increases the risk of fire. Unattended burners can cause accidents such as spills, overheating, or ignition of nearby flammable materials. It is important to always stay vigilant and monitor any open flames to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

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